College students can be flunked for cut-and-paste reports, think tankers can be embarrassed, Defense News staff writers can be fired, but not, apparently, members of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
Most of its so-called “updated” report, 2013 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat, which contains contributions from the Defense Intelligence Agency Missile and Space Intelligence Center and the Office of Naval Intelligence, was largely a cut-and-paste job from its 2009 report. Some of the material is identical to the 2006 and 1998 report.
Though it was reformatted and photographs rearranged with some being enlarged or decreased, the 2013 report appears verbatim from the 2009 report. This clever reordering and reformatting with new color schemes for boxes and graphs is embarrassing since there is more impressive data on Chinese missiles on Wikipedia.
The best illustration is the sections on Chinese missiles. Media reports have exclaimed that the new report indicated that China’s ballistic missile development program is the “most active and diverse” in the world.
“China has the most active and diverse ballistic missile development program in the world. It is developing and testing offensive missiles, forming additional missile units, qualitatively upgrading missile systems, and developing methods to counter ballistic missile defenses. The Chinese ballistic missile force is expanding in both size and types of missiles,” the 2013 report stated.
Actually, it is the exact same paragraph in the 2009 report and a paraphrase from the 2006 report.
Phi Beta Iota: US “secret” intelligence is a monstrous waste of money, and an embarrassment to anyone with any standards at all. If the President and OMB want to achieve savings, they can start with eliminating the DNI, cutting NSA by two thirds, cutting CIA in half (but restoring DCI), merging the NGA with USGS, and eliminating 75% of all contractor positions. Savings of over $30 billion a year can be achieved in the near term, while a $3B a year Open Source Agency (at FOC) meets 95% of the needs of the 95% of the government customers who do not receive “decision support” at all — including NATO — whjile also quickly and effectively identifying the 30-50% of each Cabinet department’s programs that are waste. Broadcast crap is not intelligence — it is just classified crap. Between this childish publication and the terribly ignorant Global Trends 2030 report, it should be obvious that senior intelligence “managers” do not manage, do not read, and do not think — at least not to the point anyone might notice a beneficial effect.